MENA HIRING UP
Regional job index sees hiring picking up in the short and medium term.
Research from YouGov and the Middle East jobsite Bayt has shown that in the next three months, 30 per cent of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) employers are ‘definitely hiring’, with an additional 27 per cent stating that they are ‘probably hiring’. These figures represent an increase of two per cent over previous figures from Q3 2012.
According to the Middle East and North Africa Job Index survey 24 per cent of companies in Egypt are ‘definitely hiring’ in the next three months (compared to 22 per cent previously), with 26 per cent stating that they are ‘probably’ hiring. Looking to the future in a year’s time, 61 per cent of companies expect to hire new employees.
“The clear improvement in the number of jobs to be available in the coming three and 12 months is a positive sign for Egypt’s economy,” said Suhail Masri, VP of Sales, Bayt.com. “We have seen a regional increase in terms of the numbers of employment opportunities, and this is a good indicator of the region’s growth and development.”
Taking a wider view across the region, multinational private sector companies will be hiring the highest number of new employees in the next three months, and will continue to be the biggest source of employment in a year’s time. Within the next three months, they are looking to hire predominantly at junior executive level, followed by executives and coordinators.
“A high number of lower-tier jobs is good news for new graduates,” said Sundip Chahal, CEO, YouGov. “This provides a more open field at entry-level, which will give first-time jobseekers more opportunities to find employment in the industries that they wish.”
The research also found the most desirable qualifications for candidates are in business management, commerce, engineering, and computer science. Good communication skills in English and Arabic are most desirable by employers, though being a cooperative, helpful and flexible team player is also rated highly. In terms of experience, most highly regarded is the ability to manage a team, followed by computer skills, and sales and marketing.